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Women are much less active during pregnancy and do not come close to meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity by the College of Sports Medicine. Pregnant women have the most to gain, where over 60% of expecting mothers are sedentary. The health-related implications of maternal fitness are extremely important and have been described as a period of risk for developing obesity, degenerative diseases, and depression. The benefits of maternal exercise are numerous. However, there are numerous studies that do not distinguish the difference between cardiovascular exercise and weight training. Regardless, there are emerging studies that suggest that resistance training during pregnancy is very beneficial and combining it with aerobic exercise produces benefits that aerobic exercise cannot provide alone. Weight training during pregnancy has a plethora of benefits: Improved Weight Management Reduced Gestational Diabetes Decreased Incidence of Preeclampsia Better Psychological Well-Being Enhance Body Image Reduce Lower Back Pain Improved Fetal Development Easier labor Joint related Injuries There are valid concerns with maternal exercise, which is the risk of soft tissue injury. During pregnancy, joint laxity is increased by the secretion of the hormone relaxin. Joints are less stable, increasing the risk of injury. Studies have found that weight training regularly during pregnancy increase connective tissue strength and reduces the risk of injury.

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